Islanders sign Eberle to 5-year contract reportedly worth $27.5M

  • The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with forward Jordan Eberle, the team announced Friday.
  • The deal is worth $5.5 million annually
  • Eberle’s production dropped off in his second season with the Islanders, as he managed just 19 goals and 37 points in 78 games after notching 25 goals and 59 points in 2017-18 following a trade from the Edmonton Oilers.
  • The 29-year-old is coming off a six-year, $36-million pact he signed with the Oilers in 2012.
  • Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has a number of questions that need to be answered this off-season, but he’s now taken care of one of them.
  • Lamoriello still has to sign restricted free agent Anthony Beauvillier to a new contract and he also has to find a way to bring back captain Anders Lee and goaltender Robin Lehner.
  • Both veterans are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.
  • Money shouldn’t be an issue for the Isles this offseason, as they still have over $22 million in projected cap space.
  • The issue will be convincing Lee and Lehner to stay at reasonable salaries and trying to get potential unrestricted free agents to agree to join the group.
  • The Islanders were one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season.
  • Under Barry Trotz, they were able to make the playoffs and bounce the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.
  • But in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference, they’ll have to add to their current group.

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